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The Best Gardening Services in Canberra

By Emily Morris 20 December 2017 20


This has been updated for December 2017

Proper garden upkeep can take a huge amount of time. But if we let it go to the wayside, our backyards can become overgrown with weeds and other nasties.

To combat this, many Canberra residents invest in gardening services, whether that be something as straightforward as mowing, or more involved like plant selection. Either way, sourcing a reliable gardener that charges a fair price can be a challenge.

After reading through our local readers’ feedback, we’ve come up with this list of the top three gardening services in Canberra. If you’ve had experience with any of these companies, please share your story below.

Let’s get right to it.

What Makes Top-Quality Gardening Services?

Hiring a gardener can be pricey – but when the job is done to professional standards, it’s worth every penny.

When looking for a top-quality gardener in the Canberra region, we suggest keeping an eye out for the following positive traits.

  • Experience. The more practice a gardener has, the better their services. The best gardeners have seen it all before, and have the skills and equipment to overcome any challenge.
  • Knowledge. If you need a gardener that can help resurrect your outdoor space with new plants and landscaping services, opt for someone with extensive knowledge. That way, they can help you purchase the right plants, ensuring your garden thrives for years to come.
  • Reliable. As with any service, you want a reliable company that shows up on time, every time. And no dodgy last-minute cancellations!
  • Friendly and professional. The gardener you decide on will come to your house. It is essential they treat you and your home in a professional and respectful manner, while maintaining a positive, friendly attitude.
  • Fairly priced. Gardening and other outdoor services are seriously hard work, but that doesn’t mean you should spend a small fortune. The best gardeners charge a fair price for the services they provide.
  • Comprehensive services offered. It’s a wise idea to hire a gardener that offers comprehensive services – that means, more than mowing and weeding. You never know when you might need something more advanced.

The Top 3 Gardeners in Canberra

We’ve read your comments, we’ve considered your feedback, and here is our list of the top three gardeners in the Canberra region.

1. Foralis

Introducing Canberra’s newest professional gardening service provider, Foralis. Their friendly team can help you with all things outdoor, including general garden maintenance, clean-ups, mulching, weeding, Colourbond steel fencing, paving, installation of in-ground fire pits, and more.

In addition, Foralis has access to professional ecologists that can survey your land, recommend plant species and other landscaping changes, and help us all move toward a safer, more sustainable built environment.

Foralis is available for work year-round, even through the Christmas period. You can contact Rowan on 0413 877 436.

2. Escape Gardens

If your garden needs a complete redesign, Escape Gardens could be the choice for you. After working in garden centres in the Canberra region, owner Chris realised there was a serious need for expert horticultural and design services.

Escape Gardens can help you discover the most suitable plants and plant placement for your garden, ensuring your outdoor space looks fantastic, and is easy-to-maintain.

Commenter YoungAndVocal has heard good things about Escape Gardens. “Coming onto the bandwagon a little late, but I heard about escape gardens a little while ago,” they wrote. “From what I have heard they can offer advice and source suitable plants.”

3. Brian’s Home and Garden

Prepping your home for sale or rent? Brian’s Home and Garden specialises in getting properties’ outdoor spaces in tip-top condition ready for the property market.

In addition, Brian offers all general garden maintenance.

One commenter, Jazz, had this to say. “Brian Welsh from Brian’s Home and garden has just cleaned up my place. Faced with completely overgrown back yard I decided on the prudent option to outsource and go to work instead. Was blown away by the result in just a day and a half. A genuinely nice guy too.”

Your Experience with Gardeners in Canberra

Have you used any of the gardeners above? Or maybe you have another go-to. Share you experience below.

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RHW 11:08 am 29 Mar 18

Without hesitation I am happy to recommend
Matthew of Branch Out on 0405 031 390 for any minor or heavy work pruning, trimming trees and shrubs.

Shortly after my last comment appeared in The RiotAct, Matthew of Branch Out was recommended as possibly able to help me out. I phoned, left a message, Matthew returned my call an hour or so later and arranged to come and give me a quote the same afternoon.
He arrived promptly and we spent at least 30 minutes walking around the garden and discussing all that needed to be done.
To put this job into perspective, I had a large overgrown back garden and there were 43 shrubs between 1 ½ and 3 metres high, plus 6 mature trees. They have been neglected for a few years and it was a jungle of foliage and misshapen plants. Matthew noted everything, gave me a very fair quote and we arranged for the work to be done over a couple of days the following week.
Matthew and his assistant arrived promptly and early to start work. He re-checked with me and apart from an occasional discussion to be sure I was happy with height of trim etc I left them to get on with it, because it was perfectly clear he knew exactly what he was doing. At one point we decided a very old tree needed to come out, as it was suckering all over the place. Matthew dug out and removed below ground level so the roots can be poisoned.
By the end of the day the job was finished, the garden looked amazing, with space and light restored and gave me hope again. The whole mountain of trim and big branches were loaded and taken away.

RHW 10:08 am 22 Mar 18

I need a thorough prune and tidy up of a large garden I cannot manage on my own.
Am happy to pay a fair price because it is a big job. Have always found good tradespeople etc through RiotAct in the past.
I have phoned first Brian’s Home & Garden and then Foralis on your list above, twice each over a couple of weeks, requesting a call back to arrange a quote. Neither has bothered to return my call.
I can accept that they may be overloaded with work and do not want to take on another job, and would accept that as an answer, but to just ignore a call is rude. It has delayed me making any other arrangement. This happens w other tradesman and it does their reputation no good.

Maria G 7:28 am 27 Dec 17

I can highly recommend Rowan from Foralis. I needed some work done leading up to Christmas. I called a few places and organised for a couple of people to come around. Neither turned up. Rowan was very prompt, turned up when he said he would, and did a great job.

00davist 9:26 am 12 Jun 12

Tysen Davis – 0412 900 180

Madam Cholet 8:35 am 12 Jun 12

“Sounds to me you’re after an indentured servant more than a gardener.

Lower your standards or be prepared to pay someone the same scale as the work you want.”

At what stage did I say I wouldn’t pay? Funnily enough we do pay our current gardener the rate that we agreed for two hours work, however as I mentioned, he only sticks around for an hour at the moment and about an hour and 45 in the summer. Yes, there’s a bit of mowing and we do have a larger back yard although a lot of it is paved. We do also try to take care of the weeds so it’s not overgrown. The grass in the summer is longer after two weeks, but definintely not unmanageable.

Thanks to other suggestions from those who actually read properly and which did not target my apparent short arms and deep pockets….will consider.

geetee 5:18 am 12 Jun 12

Madam Cholet said :

I recall when I was a kid back in blighty we had a gardener who was an old aged pensioner who spent hours in our very large back garden once a month and did anything and everything because he knew about gardening – in fact, I’m not sure he actually did the mowing as I have memories of family members doing that – but he actual gardened. That’s what I’m looking for, but sadly I know that these days this type of thing is hard to find as the oldies are just far too busy.

Try http://www.greyarmy.com.au

thatsnotme 6:32 pm 11 Jun 12

Just curious, how big an area are you looking to keep maintained? 4 hours a month in summer and 1 hour a month in winter seems like an awfully short amount of time to keep anything but a very small garden in check. I know that in the past couple of years in summer, if I miss a weekend’s mowing, things start to get out of hand. Same goes with weeding – and even at this time of the year, I’m seeing weeds poking up a week after doing a thorough job of getting rid of the buggers.

With the amount of time you’re talking, I’m not sure you could expect much more than what you’ve described as getting lately. Believe me, I constantly under-estimate how long it’s going to take to properly deal with parts of the garden. What I think will take me half an hour, takes one and a half.

I think for the level of service you seem to be looking for, you will need to budget for your gardener taking more time.

thy_dungeonman 6:11 pm 11 Jun 12

Madam Cholet said :

OK, attempting to resurrect this post as second gardener since this date is of late not really fitting the bill.

What we want is about two hours work front and back twice a month in summer and once a month in winter. What we are finding is that we get one hour of work in the winter – so just enough to notice he’s been, and in the summer all of the time seems to be filled with mowing and edging. I will admit it looks tidier, and that sometimes there is a bit too much children related detritus around that probably may hamper a corner or two, but it’s obvious that certian sections are ignored time after time – even if we have pointed them out. Don’t mind having to leave a note sometimes to ask for extra jobs to be done, but is it really too much to ask that your gardener has a it of vision and perhaps suggests what needs to be done so you can make a decision on it.

I recall when I was a kid back in blighty we had a gardener who was an old aged pensioner who spent hours in our very large back garden once a month and did anything and everything because he knew about gardening – in fact, I’m not sure he actually did the mowing as I have memories of family members doing that – but he actual gardened. That’s what I’m looking for, but sadly I know that these days this type of thing is hard to find as the oldies are just far too busy.

I’m sure in the nearish sort of future we will take our garden on again, but until that time, this is what we are in need of.

Does anyone know of a gardening service provider who does a bit more than general maintenance, doesn’t mind getting down on hands and knees to pull out a few weeds etc or make suggestions on what should be where etc? Or is this just asking too much? I don’t think it’s a landscape gardener sort of job because we want it to be ongoing.

I might be able to help you out, I’m not a professional, but I have helped my parents recently to completely transform the front and back gardens. I’m don’t have great plant knowledge, my parents did the plant selection whereas I did the rest of the work, such as digging, mulching, shoveling gravel, building mounds, planting, putting irrigation together, weeding etc. I can also doing mowing and trimming (using my own tools) and I’m not so picky as to avoid getting down and doing the actual weeding amongst the plants. I can also prune bushes and tree limbs (we recently cut back our trees to allow more sunlight) and I know how to make compost. As long as you can provide clear instructions I should be able to do what you require.

DrKoresh 1:50 pm 11 Jun 12

Madam Cholet said :

OK, attempting to resurrect this post as second gardener since this date is of late not really fitting the bill.

What we want is about two hours work front and back twice a month in summer and once a month in winter. What we are finding is that we get one hour of work in the winter – so just enough to notice he’s been, and in the summer all of the time seems to be filled with mowing and edging. I will admit it looks tidier, and that sometimes there is a bit too much children related detritus around that probably may hamper a corner or two, but it’s obvious that certian sections are ignored time after time – even if we have pointed them out. Don’t mind having to leave a note sometimes to ask for extra jobs to be done, but is it really too much to ask that your gardener has a it of vision and perhaps suggests what needs to be done so you can make a decision on it.

I recall when I was a kid back in blighty we had a gardener who was an old aged pensioner who spent hours in our very large back garden once a month and did anything and everything because he knew about gardening – in fact, I’m not sure he actually did the mowing as I have memories of family members doing that – but he actual gardened. That’s what I’m looking for, but sadly I know that these days this type of thing is hard to find as the oldies are just far too busy.

I’m sure in the nearish sort of future we will take our garden on again, but until that time, this is what we are in need of.

Does anyone know of a gardening service provider who does a bit more than general maintenance, doesn’t mind getting down on hands and knees to pull out a few weeds etc or make suggestions on what should be where etc? Or is this just asking too much? I don’t think it’s a landscape gardener sort of job because we want it to be ongoing.

Sounds to me you’re after an indentured servant more than a gardener. Lower your standards or be prepared to pay someone the same scale as the work you want.

mp2615 10:43 am 11 Jun 12

Hi Madam Cholet,

One of my friends who is a bit past gardening for herself uses a guy who does the lawns, prunes, weeds etc. He has also eradicated her cotoneaster (?) problem. Very reliable and does a good job. His number is 0406 227 772. Mark. from Mow and behold.

Madam Cholet 9:40 am 11 Jun 12

OK, attempting to resurrect this post as second gardener since this date is of late not really fitting the bill.

What we want is about two hours work front and back twice a month in summer and once a month in winter. What we are finding is that we get one hour of work in the winter – so just enough to notice he’s been, and in the summer all of the time seems to be filled with mowing and edging. I will admit it looks tidier, and that sometimes there is a bit too much children related detritus around that probably may hamper a corner or two, but it’s obvious that certian sections are ignored time after time – even if we have pointed them out. Don’t mind having to leave a note sometimes to ask for extra jobs to be done, but is it really too much to ask that your gardener has a it of vision and perhaps suggests what needs to be done so you can make a decision on it.

I recall when I was a kid back in blighty we had a gardener who was an old aged pensioner who spent hours in our very large back garden once a month and did anything and everything because he knew about gardening – in fact, I’m not sure he actually did the mowing as I have memories of family members doing that – but he actual gardened. That’s what I’m looking for, but sadly I know that these days this type of thing is hard to find as the oldies are just far too busy.

I’m sure in the nearish sort of future we will take our garden on again, but until that time, this is what we are in need of.

Does anyone know of a gardening service provider who does a bit more than general maintenance, doesn’t mind getting down on hands and knees to pull out a few weeds etc or make suggestions on what should be where etc? Or is this just asking too much? I don’t think it’s a landscape gardener sort of job because we want it to be ongoing.

YoungAndVocal 2:00 pm 24 Jun 11

Coming onto the bandwagon a little late, but I heard about escape gardens a little while ago. From what I have heard they can offer advice and source suitable plants. http://www.escapegardens.com.au/index.php

Dazzlar 4:49 pm 20 Sep 10

Matt Bligh does a good job, ph 0413 172 182 and he is on the Southside.

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:02 pm 20 Sep 10

For the mowing side of things, just ask if any of the local kids want to make some money. Run the mower round the front and back once a fortnight, I dunno, $25?

(If you’re looking for a lawnmower, see if you can find a secondhand Victa Commando. Can’t kill them with an axe, guaranteed to start first time.)

nanzan 2:11 pm 20 Sep 10

We’ve just employed Steve from Baya’s Backyard in Palmerston. He’s just resurrected our front yard (and small back yard). Great, friendly service.

Amanda Hugankis 1:47 pm 20 Sep 10

I know a diligent fellow who works southside, he specialises in soft planting & pruning & has 25 years experience in Australian & English heritage type gardens. He’s quite in demand, but may be willing to quote – let me know if you’d like details.

Jazz 1:22 pm 20 Sep 10

Brian Welsh from Brian’s Home and garden has just cleaned up my place. Faced with completely overgrown back yard I decided on the prudent option to outsource and go to work instead. Was blown away by the result in just a day and a half. A genuinely nice guy too. He’s on 0409 126 804

Jungle Jim 11:37 am 20 Sep 10

Andrew Wain (part of Jim’s Mowing group) does great work for us on occasion. We’re in Wanniassa, so I assume wherever you are on the south shouldn’t be an issue.

You can contact him on 0418603116

Pommy bastard 11:32 am 20 Sep 10

Contact North-South contractors. They are a charitable organisation and do very good work.

41B David St
O’Connor ACT 2602
(02) 6205 1583

Cameron 11:17 am 20 Sep 10

Harry from Harry’s Handy Help does a fantastic job at awesome prices. Harry: 0403505714

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